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Asia Pacific passenger traffic continues to climb, but airfreight down

written by WOFA | August 27, 2013

Despite climbing passenger numbers across the region, some airlines including Thai continue to lose money. (Seth Jaworski)

Airlines of the Asia Pacific region continued to show solid gains during July, reporting a 6.6 per cent increase in traffic, equating to 19.5 million passengers.

Data released by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) showed that compared to the same period last year, airlines experienced highest demand on regional international services. With seat capacity expanding at a similar pace of 6.2 per cent, the average international passenger load factor was maintained at a high level of 80.0 per cent.

In contrast, the continuing depressed trend for airfreight in the region was maintained during July. Freight tonne kilometres (FTKs) fell by 2.6 per cent, “extending the prevailing period of weak market demand over the past two years”, the AAPA said, noting that during the first seven months of 2013, airfreight traffic had declined 2.4 per cent.

The AAPA’s director general Andrew Herdman said: “During the first seven months of the year, Asia Pacific airlines carried an aggregate total of 127 million international passengers, a solid 5.8 per cent increase compared to the same period last year.”

Read more about Asia’s airlines in the September issue of Australian Aviation.


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